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More Irritations

The BBC reports that US-Russia surveillance flights treaty under threat. Yet another agreement that Trump wants to withdraw the US from – the Open Skies Treaty. This allows unarmed surveillance aircraft to overfly the territory of potential enemies to avoid sneak attacks. He doesn’t understand why we want to do this, so he wants to withdraw.

Former Mattis aide describes what it’s like trying to brief Trump: Guy Snodgrass, the man who was communications director under Secretary of Defense James Mattis wrote “It seems that military members are all honorable when we close our mouths and hold our tongues, but when we give ourselves a voice, when we dare speak truth to power, well, then our honor is questioned”

Or as Stephen Colbert puts it: GOP is ‘Fracking America’s moral bedrock’ in Vindman attacks.

The problem with briefing Trump is that Pixar can’t get enough animators cleared to create the briefings. 😈

October 30, 2019   Comments Off on More Irritations

Subtropical Storm Rebekah

Subtropical Storm RebekahPosition: 38.5N 38.8W [10:00PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: East [080°] near 17 mph [28 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 45 mph [ 75 kph].
Wind Gusts: 55 mph [ 90 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 90 miles [150 km].
Minimum central pressure: 987 mb.

Currently about 640 miles [1030 km] West of the Azores.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

October 30, 2019   Comments Off on Subtropical Storm Rebekah